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Tomato Skins to Storage Bins: Ford Gives Us a Lesson in Unlikely Partnerships

Several years ago, we wrote about the flea market principle of sustainability, where one company’s trash becomes another company’s treasure.  When we worked at Kraft Foods, we saw this principle first-hand, with an enormous amount of their waste, especially food waste and cardboard, being reused by partner organizations, often with financial benefit to Kraft. It’s […]

Why the Obvious Solution Isn’t Always the Best When It Comes to Sustainability

Recently an article appeared in The Morning Call that seemed surprising and a bit disheartening.  The Wegmans supermarket located in Allentown, PA, has opened a new Market Café with seating capacity for 240 that allows recycling of cups but not of the utensils and the plastic clamshells in which the food is packaged.  In fact, […]

Getting to Zero Waste: More Than Materials

Truth be told, almost everyone sees the value in eliminating waste.  As the late Ray Anderson puts it in his book, Confessions of a Radical Industrialist, “No CEO likes the idea of leaving profits on the factory floor.  No facilities manager wants to toss good money into the Dumpster…Cutting waste is the first place where […]

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